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Titusville Pennsylania survived for over a century, defined by the endless flock of men filing in and out of the steel mills every day. To provide their families with sustainable income, they committed themselves to the life-threatening conditions that defined steelwork. Through the eyes of these men we see the dreams of thousands of working class citizens whose grueling hours gave shape to modern America after World War II.

For the past four years, photographer Chris Crisman has returned home to photograph the retired steelworkers still living in Titusville. This project is both his perspective on a generation of Americans and a personal discovery of the culture into which Crisman was born and of the industry in which his father and grandfather served.

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10/10/12 | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Very interesting portrait photography on a high artistic level! I’m particularly impressed by the emotional and narrative aspect of the environment ... it isn’t just reflecting the “here and now”. I think, it contains the complete biography of the persons and brings so the viewer closer to the personality. I’m impressed by the paintings of the artist Erik Hoffmann (maybe you know him)... he has a similar way to develop a portrait…

01/09/12 | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Great subject, good images. I like your multiple light images better, much more dramatic. As a former newspaper photo editor I would like to see some of these portraits at the facility where they worked (obviously if it’s still available.) Even if the facility is in shambles or even if it’s just concrete slab, the environment would be a good place to make some these images. Keep up this journey, personal projects are the R&D of every photographer’s future work.

05/05/11 | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


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03/16/11 | Anne H

Very well done portraits. The backgrounds tell so much of the tale. I also like the tint you seem to have added to many of them. My husband was a pediatrician in Titusville and we lived there from ‘78 to ‘83 so this brings back a flood of memories.

12/01/10 | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

I am working as an editor of PhotoWorld Magazin in Turkey. Otherwise I am a documentary photographer in Istanbul..

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